New York; 1918 and 1919: for the Naval History Society By the Devine Press. Limited Editions. Large Octavo. Item #022094
. In two volumes, limited to 1200 copies for subscribers. Volume I: 440pp. limited #863. Volume 2: 492pp., limited #821.Engraved frontispieces in each volume, each containing a laid in letter from the Society about the publishing and their delay because of the present war. Theses volumes are of great importance as one can see how the Navy responded to the war. The letters in volume one were written to Fox and by him while he was assistant Secretary of the Navy. The letters were grouped together describing or referring to the operations of the different fleets. The writers were leaders in the Cabinet, the Senate, the Army and Navy and civil life. Many of them were Fox's shipmates when he was in the Navy. Nearly all were intimate friends, and their letters, written in the confidence of personal intimacy, express the opinions of the writers as no official report could. Letters in each group are arrange chronologically, so that the reader can readily grasp the multitude and variety of questions that were presented daily to Fox for consideration and decision. His letters to Naval Officers show that he was a seaman, full of all the knowledge of the sea and its ways. His letters to the Superintendent of the Naval Academy show that he inspired much of the method and the training that has given us that fine body of men, the graduates of the U.S. Naval Academy.. These letters give a true history of the Navy's part in the Civil War, yet one may safely assert that, without a careful study of this intimate correspondence, such a true history can never be written. A fine set bound in light blue paper covered boards stamped in gilt, backed in vellum, tips of corners vellum, spine lettering and top edges gilt.